Who doesn’t love a delicious meal? Here in the Pocono Mountains we’ve harnessed delectable, home-grown nourishment at farm-to-table restaurants.
We all care about our health, and restaurants are starting to cater to that very notion. With the accessibility of local and organic ingredients and cultivating their own, farm-to-table practices are becoming increasingly available across the region.
On the fence about trying something new? Read on for five reasons to experience Poconos' restaurants that are serving up fresh, locally-sourced meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
1. Taste Home-Grown Ingredients
From gardens to greenhouses, our farm to table restaurants grow their own produce and herbs right on site! These items help craft fresh dishes to showcase the fruits (and veggies) of their labor.
The Gem and Keystone Brewpub and The River Room source ingredients from two gardens on-property at the neighboring Shawnee Island Farm. A wide variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers are grown April through November.
2. Support Local
In addition to growing their own ingredients, our restaurants form partnerships with local farmers, markets and co-ops with impeccable reputations for sustainability. Eating out not only supports local restaurants, but the area businesses who contribute their goods to the industry as well.
TREE Restaurant and Bar sources sustainable seafood, hormone-free beef, free-range poultry, and organic produce from local businesses like Hardler Farm in Honesdale, PA. Select ingredients even promote brain health and restful sleep.
3. Try Daily and Seasonal Dishes
We all know different seasons call for different produce, and our restaurants have created their menus around it. This makes it easy to capitalize on fresh ingredients to make the best dishes.
Cocoon Coffeehouse & Catering Company changes the menu daily to feature new elements of the season. Cocoon specializes in sandwiches and farm fresh salads as well as making an on-site grain salad and pesto for those items.
The Settlers Inn designs their menus seasonally around local farmers. Produce is locally sourced through farms, including The Lackawaxen Farm Company in Honesdale, PA and Lato Sud Farm in Beach Lake, PA.
4. Eat House-Made Food
While many of our restaurants grow their own ingredients, some also make their menu items from scratch. The time and effort put into these homemade items adds an extra touch to their tasty cuisine.
Here & Now Brewing Company doesn't only make their own beer, but they also make fresh dough from scratch. They make breads, pizzas, pastas and more all in-house. Their food menu changes weekly, and offers homemade items to enjoy alongside their tap list.
5. Experience Award-Winning Dining
We can all appreciate a good meal, but it's great to be acknowledged for the hard work and dedication put into it.
The French Manor Inn and Spa has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for dining for 18 consecutive years. Their fine dining experience has also been recognized as one of "Pennsylvania's Best Restaurants."
Involved in the farm to table scene, The French Manor Inn and Spa grows herbs on-site in the chef’s garden, which are used in their dishes. Their on-property bakery makes pastries and breads enjoyed during meals. They also incorporate local cheeses and vegetables into their recipes.
Our farm-to-table restaurants incorporate more than one of the above practices into their establishments. With the versatility of farm-to-table practices displayed, there's no confusion as to why it is good for your health and your palate.
In sourcing local and organic ingredients, these restaurants have shown their care and dedication to health and community without compromising taste.
View our restaurants and dining page for all eatery options throughout the region. Pair some activity with your food, and experience adventure in the Pocono Mountains. You can also find ways to save on your stay while visiting.